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Useful Tropical Plants

Neanotis hirsuta

(L.f.) W.H.Lewis

Rubiaceae


The application of this name is problematic, and it seems to have been used in the literature and the herbarium for different species in different regions. The confusion probably started with Hooker’s circumscription of this species (Fl. Brit. India 3: 63. 1880), which included three other names in synonymy to circumscribe morphologically highly varied group of plants from India through Java and Japan. Here Neanotis hirsuta is circumscribed more narrowly. The varieties of Neanotis hirsuta recognized by W. C. Ko (in FRPS 71(1): 84–85. 1999) are not completely distinct morphologically and fall within Neanotis kwangtungensis[
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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

+ Synonyms

Oldenlandia hirsuta L.f.

Hedyotis hirsuta (L.f.) Sm.

Hedyotis stipulata R.Br. ex Hook.f.

Oldenlandia stipulata (R.Br. ex Hook.f.) Pit.

Anotis hirsuta (L.f.) Miq. ex Backer & Slooten

Hedyotis lindleyana Hook. ex Wight & Arn.

Anotis capitata Korth.

Oldenlandia japonica Miq.

Anotis papuana Lauterb.

Oldenlandia yakusimensis Masam.

Hedyotis japonica (Miq.) Masam.

Hedyotis yakusimensis (Masam.) Masam.

Common Name:

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General Information

Neanotis hirsuta is an erect or decumbent, herbaceous perennial plant growing 15 - 75cm tall. The plant forms new roots at the nodes of the lower stems[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea

Habitat

Sunny or somewhat shady, humid places, often as a weed in tea or coffee plantations; at elevations from 800 - 2,100 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Wet sites at streamsides or in forests; at elevations from 500 - 1,000 metres in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.45 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Neanotis hirsuta is a plant of tropical and subtropical regions of Asia to New Guinea, where it can be found at elevations from 800 - 2,100 metres.

The plant is often found as a weed within its native range, growing in tea and coffee plantations[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Edible Uses

Young plant - raw or cooked. Although foetid when bruised, the plants are eaten as vegetable, both raw or steamed[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division

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